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Mattel Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
254 Reviews
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Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 75 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 12 reviews)

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    Life at Mattel

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    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The fun, globally recognized brands and the half day Fridays

    Cons

    Incredibly political and disjointed. Too big so no one talks to each other and the internal fighting leads to duplicated efforts and wasted time talking to ourselves/ selling in ideas internally.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some good people and perks, but terrible management

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    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    halfday fridays, absolutely the best thing

    lots of celebrations with free food, as long as you don't mind that people are being laid off while everyone is given cupcakes and dancers are hired

    lots of clubs and charity work

    Cafeteria is decent

    Cons

    The company is outdated and paranoid and doesn't really care about its people or understand its market. They haven't had a hit toy in ages and they're panicked. The organization is bloated, and the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.

    The day starts at 8AM, for real.

    The company feels like a cult.

    They reorg and lay people off all the time. If Christmas isn't good, don't go there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and trust your people. Stop wasting money with silly spending and too much bureaucracy, and invest in some new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company to work for. Recent decline in sales has left everyone paranoid and depressed.

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Half day fridays. Smart colleagues. Great salary and bonus.

    Cons

    Very competitive. A lot like Survivor. Hard to know who to trust. You can easily languish for years without a promotion and just as easily be cut at the first downturn in sales. Not a very loyal company. I've seen really good people let go for no reason and a lot of bad people stay because of their alliances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to care about your employees as much as you care about yourself. Self-preservation should not be your number 1 goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    This is not a production company

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Time off policies are flexible
    -Family Friendly

    Cons

    -Treat their freelancers like second class citizens
    -Tons of corporate politics
    -No room for upward mobility in production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to get reviewed on how the team is growing and how we can improve. In my time at Mattel, I only ever received negative feedback in the case of a misstep and rarely in a positive light. It would also be great if Mattel could give a clearer path of career growth as well as assigned responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do as I say, Not as I do

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you like hard work and constant challenges. Great international work experience opportunities and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with employee base and frankly, they don't care. All they care about is making their multi-million dollar bonuses. Even at the expense of others. Proclaim and enforce values and ethics while not applying the same to themselves - a double standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the mirror! You lack leadership, company values, and especially, lack the respect of employees. Much talent has left to go work for competitors because of Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Challenging Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits: half-day Friday's year round, offices closed for many holidays including time between Christmas and New Year, toy discounts. The company is also committed to giving back to the community so there is always an opportunity to volunteer. Lastly, the people are very smart and hard working

    Cons

    Extremely political and hierarchical. Its a shark tank where promotions are given based on relationships and favoritism rather than hard work and results. People will often step on each other's toes to get ahead. Additionally, Mattel is very lean and expects its employees to do the job of many so long nights and weekends are the norm. Overall, the culture is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people are stretched too thin and shortening product development timelines are negatively affecting work life balance as well as the quality of products. Think about appreciating employees and truly developing talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits and co-workers

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    Current Employee - Copywriter in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, ample vacation time, creative environment, half day Fridays

    Cons

    A draconian IP policy that dictates anything we create during our off-hours that could be seen as having a toy application belongs to the company and they consider anything from a children's book to a killer robot as their intellectual property of Mattel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current executive leadership team inspires neither confidence or loyalty. Clean house and hire some leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience at Mattel

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    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great. There is a lot of potential for growth. Many people are understanding and willing to hear you out. Very understanding about having a life outside of work and willing to work with you in order to keep work life balance great.

    Cons

    Could be difficult to move up if the timing isn't right. There are many factors that are involved in whether you get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You rarely see upper management, and they do not help the people that are under them with their growth. They also don't take the time to get to know the employees unless you are at their level, and they act as if they sit on a throne.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship; if you're interviewing, run!

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    Current Employee - Girls Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Girls Marketing in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1/2 day Fridays and good cafeteria
    Did I say1/2 day Friday

    Cons

    Highly political and toxic environment. poor leadership consisting of good old boys club including most of the C-levels. Most came from Kraft and scratched each other's back. You'll find ferraris, Porsches, Astons parked on the 2nd floor garage while the rest are paid peanuts. What a shame...

    It doesn't take rocket science to figure out future is in digital and it's almost 2015 and this company is wasting time w traditional toys. Shows the weakness of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sink this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, but hierarchical and dated thinking

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    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In general, the people at Mattel are what make it a good place to work. It's a congenial atmosphere. In addition, the workload is pretty reasonable most of the time.

    Cons

    There is very little to make the company stand out...pay is ok, benefits are ok, perks are ok. The company is very efficient in the way it manages its manufacturing and product development processes, but in general, the thinking feels old-fashioned and slow to adapt to current marketplace forces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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